How to Make a Folding Hunting Bow

by Tad Cronn

Hunting bows are powerful weapons capable of taking down animals as large as a bear. They also tend to be very large, so it might be easier to transport your hunting bow if it could fold into a smaller size when not in use. You can convert your bow so that it folds, but it must be done carefully so that you don't destroy the bow.

Items you will need

  • Hunting bow
  • Table clamp
  • Sabre saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Aluminum hinges
  • 1/4-inch flathead machine screws
  • 1/4-inch washers
  • 1/4-inch nuts
Step 1

Place the unstrung hunting bow in the table clamp. Make a mark above and below the handle where the wood begins to thin out. This point will vary from bow to bow.

Step 2

Cut the bow at the marks with a sabre saw. Sand the ends of the three bow pieces. Test fit the hinges on the front of the middle bow piece, marking where the holes need to be drilled. Make sure each hinge is placed on the front of the bow so that it is right on the seam and the bow ends will fit tightly against the ends of the bow handle.

Step 3

Drill 1/4-inch holes all the way through the bow handle where marked. Place the hinges on the front of the bow handle and push a machine bolt through each hole. Secure each bolt with a washer and nut. The hinges must go on the front of the bow so that the bowstring tension will hold the bow arms open.

Step 4

Test fit the bow ends and mark where the holes for the hinges will go. Place each bow arm in the clamp and drill the holes all the way through where marked.

Step 5

Line up the holes on the bow arms and the hinges, push a bolt through each hole and secure it with a washer and nut. Make sure the hinge is at the front of the bow arm.

Step 6

String your folding bow carefully and test fire it. If the project has been done properly, the bowstring will keep the bow arms in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an old bow the first time you attempt this project so you don't make any mistakes you can't live with.
  • Wear eye protection and proper arm gear when you fire your bow. There is a potential that making the bow foldable, if not done properly, could weaken it, causing it to splinter when fired.

About the Author

Tad Cronn is a professional journalist living in Los Angeles. His columns have appeared in the "Los Angeles Daily News," the "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," the "Orange County Register" and other publications. He is an award-winning illustrator, author of "The Lynx," and an experienced handyman, model builder and gamer.

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